Publishing Organization

Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America


Multiculturalism and its associated plurality of value systems is rapidly becoming the norm in modern medical practice. Given this increasing diversity, greater emphasis upon cultural and ethical competence in physician training is necessary in order to provide culturally sensitive and ethically sound care. Religious values shape ethical codes and are expressed in the cultural norms of subcommunities in a society. Thus, an understanding of religious values that may influence the clinical encounter is important. This paper provides an overview of the ethical constructs of the sacred law traditions of Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam and will outline approaches taken by each faith regarding medical ethics. It is hoped that the insights gained will aid both clinicians and ethicists to better understand these religious paradigms of medical ethics. and thereby positively affect patient care through increased tolerance and understanding.

Type of Resource


Topic Category
  • American Muslims
  • People Making Difference
  • Current events
  • Islam and Muslims
  • Islamic law
  • Teaching about Religions
  • World religions
Grade Level
  • Middle School
  • High School